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As talks over the USMCA trade deal are still underway, the National Association of Manufacturers and 350 other business groups and companies are sending every member of Congress a letter urging them to approve the deal. House Democrats will continue to negotiate trade terms with the United States Trade Representative. All sides are feeling pressure to pass the deal soon.

House Committee on Small Business

  • Today, the Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing titled, “SBA Management Review: SBA IG Report on the Most Serious Management and Performance Challenges Facing the SBA”
  • Tomorrow, the Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access will hold a hearing titled, “Can Opportunity Zones Address Concerns in the Small Business Economy?”
  • On October 21st, the committee will hold a hearing titled, “Harvesting the Digital Age: Connecting our Communities for a Better Future”

House Committee on Financial Services

  • Today the Full Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Who Is Standing Up for Consumers? A Semi-Annual Review of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau”
  • Tomorrow, the Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship and Capital Markets will hold a hearing titled, “Examining Corporate Priorities: The Impact of Stock Buybacks on Workers, Communities, and Investors”
  • Tomorrow, the Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations will hold a hearing titled, “Promoting Inclusion: Examining the Need for Diversity Practices for America’s Changing Workforce”
  • On October 22nd, the Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations will hold a hearing titled, “An Examination of the Decline of Minority Depository Institutions and the Impact on Underserved Communities”
  • On October 29th, the Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations will hold a hearing titled, “Financial Services and the LGBTQ+ Community: A Review of Discrimination in Lending and Housing”

House Committee on Appropriations

  • Today, the Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Food and Nutrition Service: Policy and Program Overview”
  • Tomorrow, the Full Committee will hold a hearing titled, “The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery program”

House Ways and Means Committee

  • Tomorrow, the Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Investing in the U.S. Health System by Lowering Drug Prices, Reducing Out-Of-Pocket Costs, and Improving Medicare Benefits”

Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

  • Tomorrow, the Full Committee will hold a hearing titled, “ The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Semi-Annual Report to Congress”

 

Bills of Interest

  • Representative Eleanor Norton (D-DC-At Large) introduced H.R.4660 a Bill to create a national commission to combat workplace sexual harassment, and for other purposes.
  • Representative Gregory Steube (R-FL-17) introduced H.R.4601 a bill to Hear Small Businesses Act of 2019

At the Agencies
Department of Labor

  • The Department has released a news release titled, “U.S. Department of Labor provides compliance assistance guide for educational institutions with federal contracts”
  • The Department has released a report titled, “Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report”

Small Business Administration

  • The Department has released a news release titled, “SBA Small Business Lending Reflects Strong Economic Trends”